Wednesday, January 11, 2017

#11 "Caribou", Canada 150 paintings by Natasa Vretenar

I started this project in part because I wanted to learn more about Canada. Before moving to Alberta we did a bit of homework, but did not really understand what life is like here until we moved and settled a bit. In the previous years, everyone in our family learned so much about Alberta and Canada, and yet there is always something new one can learn. I would wholeheartedly recommend a visit to Alberta Legislature to anyone who wants to learn history about Alberta - it is fascinating and quite different from other parts of Canada. Furthermore, Borealis gallery in the Visitor's centre has great shows throughout the year - right now they are showing Storytellers, a collection from AFA with a variety of work from Alberta artists. It is a good exhibit - worth visiting!

My plan for the Canada 150 paintings is to first paint animals that live in Canada. Usually, I take a lot of reference pictures while traveling through Alberta and sketch if at all possible on location. It is a special treat to see wildlife in its natural habitat and I cherish the times we were lucky to see some animals in the wild.

The first time I saw caribou in the wild was in Jasper, AB in 2013. These magnificent animals were on the side of the road - a pair, both with beautiful set of antlers. 

11" diameter 3/4" thick birch plywood substrate, custom made.

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